Stories and Lessons from the Halifax Explosion


Catastrophe weaves together compelling stories and potent lessons from the calamitous Halifax explosion—the worst non-natural disaster in North America pre-911. The book explores how the explosion influenced later emergency planning and disaster theory. Rich in firsthand accounts gathered in decades of research in Canada, the US, the UK, France and Norway, the book examines the disaster from all angles. It delivers an inspiring message: the women and men at “ground zero” responded speedily, courageously, and effectively, fighting fires, rescuing the injured, and sheltering the homeless.


  • Winner, Canadian Nautical Research Society Keith Matthews Best Book Award 2020